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Count Down Inauguration Party
January 20, 2009, 10:41 am
Filed under: world news

Metro Travel
Metrorail will run rush-hour-level train service from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and will be open until 2 a.m. Several station entrances will be designated entry-only or exit-only. Near the Mall, two stations will be closed until 6:30 p.m. Because of the inaugural balls, the Mount Vernon Square- 7th St.-Convention Center station will close at 7:30 a.m., and the Judiciary Square station will close at 4 p.m. Both stations will open at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

Other Travel
No vehicles are permitted within the security perimeter from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rapid bus lines will carry people to the perimeter. Bicycles and large bags are prohibited. Because of road and station closings and large crowds, pedestrians should plan on lengthy walks and waits in temperatures in the 30s.

The Ceremony
The 240,000 ticket holders will pass through security checkpoints to view the West Front of the Capitol, while hundreds of thousands more will pack the Mall and nearby areas to watch the ceremony on jumbotrons. Tickets and special security checks are not required for standing on the Mall, but the area is expected to be crowded early on Tuesday, well before the ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m.

The Parade
People wanting to view the parade are required to pass through metal detectors, and the list of prohibited items is long; among them are coolers, bottles, strollers and umbrellas. The checkpoints open at 7 a.m. and will close when the parade route cannot accommodate more spectators.

* For a full list of banned items and other information: http://www.inauguration.dc.gov »


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